Our Veterinarians

Sarah Achen
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Sarah Achen
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sarah Achen is particularly interested in heart failure therapy, management of arrhythmias, and interventional cardiology including transvenous pacemaker therapy and non-invasive treatment of congenital heart disease. She also enjoys clinical research and teaching.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toledo, OH
Dr. Achen enjoys biking, running, tennis and golf, as well as traveling with her husband. Her four-legged children include Honeydeu, a hound mix, and Bubaloo, an orange tabby cat.
Susette Aquino
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Susette Aquino
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Susette Aquino is interested in medical and surgical treatment options of keratoconjunctivitis sicca, often referred to as dry eye, and surgical correction of ocular disease associated with eyelid conformation. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she was a critical care nurse in human medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Residency, Ophthalmology, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Aquino enjoys her garden, hiking and training her dogs in competitive sports. Marea is her Doberman, and Mochi is a lab mix.
Jordan Assenmacher
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jordan Assenmacher
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jordan Assenmacher is particularly interested in stabilizing and diagnosing trauma and critically ill patients.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, PA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Assenmacher enjoys sports, and walking/running with his dogs: Australian shepherd/English setter mix Ozzie, Pembroke Welsh corgi Udo, and mixed breed Tess. His cat is named Remington.
Caitlin Barry-Heffernan
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Caitlin Barry-Heffernan
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Caitlin Barry-Heffernan's particular interests include gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases, and she loves all types of endoscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Minnesota, St Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Latin and Biology, Yale University, New Haven CT
Dr. Barry-Heffernan enjoys reading, baking, trivia and board games. Her furry companion is cat Beatrice.
Eric Bulakowski
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Eric Bulakowski
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric Bulakowski is particularly interested in lymphoma and pain management of osteosarcoma.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, New England Veterinary Oncology Group, Waltham MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Vermont, Burlington
Dr. Bulakowski enjoys spending time with his wife, son, Jack Russell terrier Tucker and two cats, Clancy and Cody. He’s an avid coin and card collector, a football fan, and loves to golf in the summer and ski in the winter.
Elisabeth Close
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elisabeth Close
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elisabeth Close is particularly interested in pain management and internal medicine cases, particularly immune-mediated diseases and endocrine disturbances.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Anthropology and Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Close enjoys bike touring, hiking and running. She also loves cooking, reading and traveling with her husband who is also a veterinarian. The couple has a dog named Aspen and two cats, Mona and Cayenne.
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chris Cook is especially interested in ear disease, immune-mediated skin disorders and practical, non-immunosuppressive management of canine and feline allergies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Veterinary Dermatology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Hospital of Pittsford, Rochester NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA
Dr. Cook loves the outdoors and healthy cooking and eating. He spends most of his time chauffeuring his daughter and son around to their various activities.
Paul Cunningham
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Paul Cunningham
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Paul Cunningham’s clinical interests include cardiovascular diseases, specifically cardiomyopathies and vascular thromboembolic disease, and he looks forward to seeing what discoveries in human medicine will translate to veterinary medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Dr. Cunningham likes hiking, swimming, fishing and camping. Occasionally he dusts off his violin to clear his head and unwind. His pets include boxer mix Tilley and betta fish Finnegan.
Ashley Davis
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Ashley Davis
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Davis came to BluePearl after working as a criticalist at a busy referral center in Southwest Florida. She enjoys many aspects of critical care medicine including anesthetic emergencies, acute kidney disease, coagulation disorders and respiratory emergencies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Davis enjoys hiking, scuba diving, cooking, competing in triathlons and spending time with her friends and family, including her two dogs, Abby and Kada.
Laura DeLellis
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Laura DeLellis
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laura DeLellis' special interests include transvenous pacemaker therapy, 24-hour holter screening for canine cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, and feline cardiomyopathy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, University of California at Davis
  • Internship, Cardiology, Veterinary Referral Service, Mesa AZ
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Mesa AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
A mom to three active boys, Dr. DeLellis also tends to her household of pets including Tori, a wire-haired pointing griffon, and a variety of saltwater fish and invertebrates.
Isabelle Ducharme
DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Isabelle Ducharme
DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Isabelle Ducharme has a particular interest in seizures, diagnostic imaging, electrodiagnostics and neuromuscular disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Internship, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
Marc Elie
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Marc Elie
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elie is especially interested in endocrinology, infectious diseases and gastroenterology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Elie is an arts advocate and shares his home with a fox terrier named Hunter.
Jessica Hamby
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jessica Hamby
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Hamby’s particular interests include stabilizing critically ill pets and managing acute abdomens, toxicities and polytrauma.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
Dr. Hamby likes traveling and live music. She has a dog named Eddie and a cat named James Taylor.
Chris Hencken
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chris Hencken
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chris Hencken enjoys treating toxicity cases and is also interested in neurology and cardiology. She loves to work with reptiles and amphibians, as well as cats and dogs.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Toronto, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Hencken enjoys swimming, reading, horseback riding and spending time with her husband and daughter. Additional family members include three cats named Esther, Jack and Gallifrey; Emma, a lab/setter mix; a bearded dragon named Smaug; and two ball pythons, Oro and Salek.
Martin Kamen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Martin Kamen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
An experienced emergency clinician, Dr. Martin Kamen spent 10 years at our hospitals in New York City then worked at BluePearl in Tacoma and Tampa before joining us in Michigan.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency Medicine, Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, Brooklyn NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Kamen lives with two dogs and two cats. He enjoys walking the dogs, traveling, reading and listening to all types of music.
Kyle Kerstetter
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Kyle Kerstetter
DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kyle Kerstetter is particularly interested in fracture healing and repair, joint surgery, hip and elbow replacement, knee injuries and TPLO, sports medicine and surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and neurosurgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Ashland University, Ashland OH
Dr. Kerstetter shares his Michigan home with his wife, three children, two dogs, Remington and Benelli, and two cats named Mardi Gras and Lagniappe. He enjoys retriever training, hunting and writing.
Angela Kozicki
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Angela Kozicki
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Angela Kozicki has a strong interest in translational and comparative oncology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Small Animal Medical Oncology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Research Fellowship, University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center, Denver
  • Internship, Small Animal Oncology, Animal Cancer and Imaging Center, Canton MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Kozicki enjoys reading a good book, running, yoga and spending time with her family, including her cat, Freddie Forcefield, and potcake dog, Reggae.
Rebecca Laube
DVM
Surgery
Rebecca Laube
DVM
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rebecca Laube is a resident in our surgery service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin TN and Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, North Dakota State University, Fargo
Dr. Laube enjoys spending time with friends and family including the furry ones, being outdoors, volunteering in the community, and cheering on Auburn and Wisconsin football.
Loretta Lee
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Loretta Lee
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Loretta Lee is particularly keen on transfusion medicine and toxicological, urinary and abdominal emergencies.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Lee maintains a saltwater aquarium and spends time with her three Staffordshire terriers named Isabelle, Blade and Rocky.
Dan Lorimer
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Dan Lorimer
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dan Lorimer founded Michigan Veterinary Specialists. After growing his practice to include three hospital locations in Michigan, he merged his practice with BluePearl Veterinary Partners. He continues to practice ophthalmology and is especially interested in cataract surgery, ocular emergencies and trauma, glaucoma, ophthalmic microsurgery, laser therapy, and exotic animal ophthalmology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral Service, Mesa AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Lorimer is a loyal Detroit Red Wings hockey fan and also spends time coaching youth sports, taking part in outdoor activities, dog training, and relaxing with his family.
Karyn Maxworthy
MS, DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Karyn Maxworthy
MS, DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Karyn Maxworthy finds soft tissue surgery including oncologic, hepatobiliary and endocrine surgery as well as orthopedic surgery especially interesting.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Internship, Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Plano TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Master’s of Science, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Maxworthy can be found spending time with her husband and two sons, playing team volleyball, or planning her next trip abroad.
Kevin McKenna
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin McKenna
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin McKenna served as an infantryman and veterinarian with the U.S. Army before joining us. Stabilizing and treating trauma patients is his favorite aspect of emergency medicine, and performing soft tissue surgery is one of his favorite procedures.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
Dr. McKenna enjoys soccer, running, kayaking, hiking, reading and video games. He and his wife, a primary care veterinarian, have two boys. The family has a dog, Ghost, and three cats. Oscar, Clover and Kaelee.
Lauren Meltzer
DVM
Surgery
Lauren Meltzer
DVM
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Meltzer is a resident in our surgery service. Her particular interests include surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Longmont CO
  • Internship, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction MD
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Mission Veterinary Specialists, San Antonio TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Washington University, St. Louis MO
Dr. Meltzer enjoys hiking, reading and cooking.
Victoria O'Toole
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Victoria O'Toole
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Victoria O’Toole is a small animal medicine and surgery intern with a special interest in cardiology.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Dr. O’Toole and her husband have a son and two cats.
Jessica Romine
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Jessica Romine
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Romine has a particular interest in immune-mediated disease and enjoys working closely with the critical care and nutrition services. She is also the head of our interventional radiology program with special interests in urinary and respiratory imaging and stenting.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
Dr. Romine enjoys traveling, horseback riding, swimming, cooking, trying new cuisines, and hosting dinner parties. Jackie is her lovable mixed-breed dog and Fivian her cat.
Michelle Rose
DVM, MS, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Michelle Rose
DVM, MS, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michelle Rose performs and interprets CT scans, MRIs, digital X-rays and ultrasounds.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Master of Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Rose enjoys skiing, biking, swimming and spending time with Jessie, her cat.
Melissa Santonocito
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Melissa Santonocito
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Melissa Santonocito is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Her particular interests include shock stabilization, trauma cases and endocrine diseases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Dr. Santonocito’s favorite pastimes include reading classic literature and hiking. It is also her personal goal to visit and hike as many National Parks as possible. She has three pets, Chihuahua Zuni, Persian cat Cersei, and bearded dragon Littlefoot.
Dr. Megan Sisson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Megan Sisson
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Megan Sisson
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Megan Sisson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern with interests in surgery and pain management.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Master of Arts, University Program in Genetics and Genomics, Duke University, Durham NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry, Heidelberg College, Tiffin OH
A cyclist, Dr. Sisson also describes herself as a dog person owned by an ornery six pound cat named Drusilla.
Kelly Stewart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kelly Stewart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelly Stewart is particularly interested in internal medicine cases, especially endocrinopathies and immune-mediated disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Shippensburg University, PA
Dr. Stewart’s favorite pastimes include hiking, reading, canoeing and running with her Australian shepherd, Lilly. Crash is her mixed breed dog, and Fuzz and Jezabella are her cats.
Carl Toborowsky
MS, MA, VMD
Cardiology
Carl Toborowsky
MS, MA, VMD
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Before veterinary medicine, Dr. Carl Toborowsky worked as a zookeeper at the Saint Louis Zoo, studied lemur behavior and ecology in Madagascar and worked as a cycling and hiking tour guide in Europe, Central America, Canada and the U.S. He is an intern in our cardiology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington DC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Master of Arts, Primatology, University of Texas, Austin
  • Master of Science, Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Arts, East Asian Studies, Washington University, St. Louis MO
Dr. Toborowsky still enjoys cycling and traveling to new places. Other favorite pastimes include wine tasting and playing piano and guitar. He has two cats: Small Cat and Mister Cat.
Michael West
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Michael West
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michael West enjoys working with dogs, cats, exotic pets and zoo animals. He is especially interested in cataract surgery and medical and surgical treatments for glaucoma and corneal ulcers.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University
, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. West enjoys running, Detroit Tigers baseball, Auburn football, painting, reading and singing karaoke. He lives with his wife, their dog Ralphy, and their three cats Gilly, Churchill and Mavis.
Jacob Winbigler
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jacob Winbigler
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jacob Winbigler’s special areas of interest include states of shock, neurologic emergencies, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord disease, transfusion medicine, and feline urinary obstructions.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Biology, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
Dr. Winbigler enjoys running, exercise and being outdoors. He also likes spending time in downtown Detroit and attending festivals and concerts. His three cats include Max, Helen and Trixie.
Brian Young
VMD, DACVIM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Brian Young
VMD, DACVIM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brian Young was previously an adjunct professor at Western University. His clinical interests include shock recognition and resuscitation as well as transfusion medicine. He particularly enjoys ventilator medicine and finds septic shock cases a significant challenge that can be very rewarding to treat. Highly committed to developing the next generation of specialists, Dr. Young has evaluated residency programs and training guidelines as a member of the Residency Training Committee for the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and is currently a board validator for the college. He is also a peer reviewer for articles submitted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Dual Residency, Emergency & Critical Care and Internal Medicine, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Young is an avid gardener and artist. He paints with oils, acrylics and encaustics, which are pigments melted in a beeswax-based medium. He loves horseback riding, hiking, attending the theater and dancing. His pets include West Highland white terrier Trip, cat Kentucky Blue, and thoroughbred Susie.

Technicians (VTS)

Victoria Kerby
LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (Nutrition)
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Victoria Kerby
LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (Nutrition)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Small Animal Internal Medicine) & (Nutrition)
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Servicing Locations
Victoria strives to strengthen the bond between pets and their families in times of illness, helping people to understand what’s going on and how treatment will go. She truly enjoys treating cats who need feeding tube management, and has a particular interest in the benefit to patients of both traditional therapeutics and nutritional intervention.
Amanda Wyniarsky
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Amanda Wyniarsky
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Amanda loves the fast pace of the emergency room and the complexity of the cases they see. Her particular clinical interests include endocrine emergencies, acute abdomens and transfusion medicine.